In an effort to get more people thinking about their personal risk of heart disease, the Heart Foundation has launched a new Heart Age Calculator located on the Heart Foundation’s website.
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The Heart Age Calculator asks questions about age, sex, smoking and diabetes status, Body Mass Index, cholesterol levels, blood pressure levels and BP medication, and whether there is an immediate family history of heart attack or stroke. If the calculator determines a consumer’s heart age is higher than their actual age, it recommends they see their doctor for a heart health check. The calculator is not a clinical tool and the Heart Foundation recommends doctors or health professionals use the Absolute CVD Risk Assessment tool to complete a heart health check.